The Royal Irish Academy/Acadamh Ríoga na hÉireann champions research. We identify and recognise Ireland’s world class researchers. We support scholarship and promote awareness of how science and the humanities enrich our lives and benefit society. We believe that good research needs to be promoted, sustained and communicated. The Academy is run by a Council of its members. Membership is by election and considered the highest academic honour in Ireland.

Read more about the RIA

Cork / Corcaigh - pre-sale

by  H.B. ClarkeMáire Ní Laoi
€ 50.00

Book Details

Published by Royal Irish Academy

May 2024

ISBN: 9781802050028


PDF icon ai_ria_ihta_cork.pdf

Out 14 May 2024! This is available to pre-order and will be shipped/available for click-and-collect around the publication date. 

This new historical atlas of Cork will explore the city from its origins to the present day. The emergence of Cork from a monastic settlement on a marshland site through to the thriving city we know today is explained in a thoroughly researched text, illustrated with newly created thematic maps, early views and photographs. Historic maps are reproduced on large-format pages showing how the topography transformed through time. A gazetteer of over 13,000 sites and accompanying essay gives the detailed topographical history of the city up to c. 1900.

The Irish Historic Towns Atlas is a long-term research project of the Royal Irish Academy. Since publication began in 1986, thirty atlases of Irish towns and cities, north and south, have been published. The atlases are produced following basic principles making it possible to compare and contrast places with one another. Cork will join the cities of Dublin, Belfast, Galway and Limerick; and regional towns of Bandon and Youghal already covered in the Irish series; as well as over 580 European towns and cities produced as part of a wider International scheme. See for more information.

The Irish Historic Towns Atlas of Cork is published by the Royal Irish Academy in association with Cork City Council. Maps are produced in association with Ordnance Survey Ireland.

Preview video

For Heritage Week, a video was produced ahead of the digital and printed atlas of Cork. The video was supported by the Heritage Council Stewardship Fund, in partnership with Cork City Council and produced by Frameworks Films. 

Find out more about this publication

See the Digital Atlas of Cork

About the authors

H.B. Clarke

Howard B. Clarke is an editorial board member of the Irish Historic Towns Atlas, a research project of the Royal Irish Academy. He is Professor Emeritus of Medieval Socio-Economic History at University College Dublin. He is a member of the Royal Irish Academy and of the International Commission for the History of Towns. Amongst his publications are Irish Historic Towns Atlas, no. 11, Dublin, part I, to 1610 (2002), Reading the maps: a guide to the Irish Historic Towns Atlas (2011) with Jacinta Prunty and Maps and texts: exploring the Irish Historic Towns Atlas (2013), with joint editor Sarah Gearty, Lords and towns in Medieval Europe (2015), with joint editor Anngret Simms.

Máire Ní Laoi

Máire Ní Laoi is a retired secondary school teacher who specialised in Irish and French. She grew up in Cork and has had a long family association with the city. She is a graduate of UCC and carried out much of the initial research for the Irish Historic Towns Atlas of Cork.